draftman

draftman

Spencer Seidel (jsseidel)

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A plain-text draft management tool for novelists.

Draftman is a simple, plain-text document-management system for writers. This is the Linux GTK+ 3 version. I created Draftman for myself.

Most writing software focuses on the editor. Sometimes, this can be a problem. For example, I love the organizational and conversion features of Scrivener, but I don't like that it is designed from the ground up to use formatted text in the form of RTF files. I prefer to write in Markdown using editors of my own choosing

  • Editor agnostic. Write using an editor of your choice.
  • Plain text only. Keep yourself focused on the words and not the formatting.
  • Files are never deleted. Uses a trashcan system to move unwanted files away, but still keeps them available. Just in case.
  • Works with any cloud system (e.g. Dropbox, GoogleDrive, SpiderOak Hive) that supports access to a folder on your file system (e.g. /home/foobar/Dropbox/MyWritingProjects/AmericanNovel).
  • 100% Free and Open Source
  • Corruption of Draftman projects is unlikely since everything is plain text. Fixing something that breaks is easy enough anyway.
  • Add, edit, rename, include, exclude files
  • Auto-refreshing word counts
  • Compiles project files into single text files
  • Opens the last project worked on, so you can easily pick up where you left off
  • Automatically detects when files are removed or added outside a draftman session, so you can remove or add files manually from a tablet while traveling, for example
  • Chapter/Scene sequence numbering

Namegen (https://snapcraft.io/namegen) makes for a great companion app.

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License
Apache-2.0
Last updated
24 November 2019

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